A tycoon on Saturday started knocking down his illegal villa complex in Da Nang City after the authorities refused to consider his plea to keep the multi-million-dollar construction.
Nearly 100 workers were seen disassembling the VND100 billion (US$4.52 million) complex that Ngo Van Quang, a gold mining tycoon in the neighboring Quang Nam Province, built at the foot of Hai Van Mountain without any permit, local media reported.
News website Zing quoted Quang as saying that it will take at least six months to finish “the dismantling work” as workers have to carefully deal with the wooden houses to preserve them.
Quang’s complex, which covers an area of 1,411 square meters in the Nam Hai Van Forest, consists of five wooden houses and 13 other houses among other constructions.
This area is part of the 1.5-hectare forest land area that Quang bought from Phan Nhu Thach, former police chief of Quang Nam Province. Thach reportedly had been granted three hectares of forest land in the Nam Hai Van Forest, which cannot be used for residential purposes.
Thach himself built a luxury villa, which covered an area of 17,750 square meters, on that forest land. He razed it in March following the Da Nang government’s order.
Local inspectors checked the construction of Thach's villa at least once in 2013, but he was still allowed to continue. He retired in September 2014.